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May 09, 2012 | 07:50 AMWILLIAMS BAY — With two conference victories last week, the Williams Bay softball squad kept pace in the Trailways South, remaining a half game behind front-running Deerfield.
On Friday in the Bay, the Bulldogs made short work of Fall River, scoring runs in each frame in a 10-0 blowout in five innings.
The Bay improved to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the Trailways South with the win. Fall River dropped to 2-7. The Bulldogs are now ranked No. 14 in the state in Division 4 according to the wissports.net poll.
The Bay went up 1-0 in the first inning before breaking the game wide open with four runs in the second. It was smooth sailing after that.
Senior Leah Newell had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, two doubles and two runs. Newell was moved from the No. 5 spot in the order to No. 9 to shake things up, according to Bay coach Jeff Kuespert.
"Leah had a really, really nice day," Kuespert said. "She had a nice approach at the plate and hit every ball hard. She caught and was blocking balls well. She had a great game and was aggressive the whole time. And she did it all with a purpose."
The Bulldogs were 10-for-24 at the plate as a team.
"It was a business-like win," Kuespert said. "It was a team we should beat. We took care of business."
Claudia Wautlet went 2-for-4 with five RBIs including a bases-loaded double in the third inning and a two-run single in the second.
On the mound, Sam Storms struck out 10 in five innings with one hit and one walk. The third batter of the game for Fall River picked up the Pirates' only hit off Storms.
On Wednesday, the Bay travels to Johnson Creek (8-3, 6-1).
"We need to keep hitting," Kuespert said. "We have to come out mentally ready. Six out of the eight teams in the conference can beat you."
Williams Bay 4, Rio 3
On May 1 at Rio, the Bay struggled to defeat the Vikings, a team they've never lost to.
The Bulldogs overcame a 3-2 deficit in the top of the seventh with two runs.
"They're making vast improvements," Kuespert said of Rio. "They are far and away the most improved in the Trailways."
Down 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Storms led off with a double and Wautlet reached on an error. A Sara Evans single advanced Storms to third, and the ball skipped away from the Rio catcher, allowing Storms to score and tie the game at 3-3. Then, freshman Jamie Sitter acted well beyond her years, driving in the winning run with a single.
In the bottom of the seventh, Storms allowed a leadoff single before fanning the next two batters and inducing a game-ending groundout.
The Bay out-hit Rio, 12-3.
"We stranded the bases loaded in the first and the third and had runners thrown out in the fourth and fifth," Kuespert said. "We had plenty of opportunities but didn't get a big hit until the fifth or seventh innings."
Rio jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third. In the fifth, the Bay came roaring back with two runs to cut the lead to 3-2. Molly Perkins led off with a single but was thrown out at third base on a Storms single. Kuespert said the Rio center fielder was four or five steps from the fence when she gunned Perkins out at third.
"It was one of the best throws I've ever seen," Kuespert said.
Then, Wautlet got the Bay back on track with an RBI single to score Storms. Newell followed with an RBI single to score Wautlet.
"We came out flat and took the game for granted," Kuespert said. "These are the games that good teams win. We showed character."